Float like a butterfly down to True Colors Theatre Company and watch the fascinating and electrifying Fetch Clay Make Man. The play by Will Power follows the story of the days before Cassius Clay’s biggest fight as he forms an unlikely friendship with controversial actor Stepin Fetchit. Of course, Clay is better known as The Greatest, Muhammad Ali. The juxtaposition of Ali’s youth and Fetchit’s washed-up Hollywood days creates a tension between the two with a backdrop of the tumultuous 1960s and a struggle to create the legacies that they want to ultimately leave behind.
The production stars a talented cast of actors, directed by True Colors veteran and well-renowned actress, Jasmine Guy (A Different World, Vampire Diaries): Amari Cheatom (Django Unchained, Night Catches Us); Atlanta native Danielle Deadwyler (The Book Club Play, Horizon Theatre); Rob Demery (Love on the Rocks); Brian Kurlander (Horizon Theatre, Denver City Theatre); and Brad Raymond (Cats Don’t Dance).
Fetch Clay Make Man will kick off the 13th season of the True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta. Founded and curated by Broadway veteran Kenny Leon and the late theatre artist Jane Bishop, True Colors Theatre Company aims to bring fresh and new life to Black theatre classics as well as continue to create “a moveable feast of theatre grounded in the rich canon of African-American classics and branching out to include bold interpretations of world drama and a strong commitment to diverse new voices, helping to develop those early-career writers who are creating tomorrow’s classics today.” Leon, who will be directing the NBC production of The Wiz: Live, has worked to be inclusive of Black voices in theatre for the entirety of his career.
Fetch Clay Make Man premieres at Southwest Arts Center on October 27, 2015 and runs until November 22, 2015. To find more information and to purchase tickets, visit here.